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Transition support for young people

The transition to adulthood can be especially challenging for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs, and for their families.

This can lead to unsuitable placements, social isolation, well-being concerns, and the use of residential care or other costly out-of-area placements.

We can support young people aged 14+ to have well-planned and person-centred transitions to adulthood. This includes young people with learning disabilities and/or autism and other complex needs.  We can support their families through this transition too.

Our expertise

Affinity Trust supports over 900 people with learning disabilities across England and Scotland, helping them live as independently as possible. We’ve been supporting people with learning disabilities for more than 25 years.

Across England and Scotland, we support some 150 young adults, mostly with supported living and day opportunities. Find out about Emily and Laurence, two young adults we support in Staffordshire.

Paul Taylor, our Head of Children’s Services Development, has extensive experience of developing and delivering a wide range of children’s services. Before joining us, Paul spent 32 years in the children and young people’s sector, and was a registered manager with both Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

Outcomes of transition support for young people

Our aim is for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs to achieve successful transitions to adulthood. Specific outcomes are that young people:

  • are at the centre of planning and well-prepared for the change process

  • make informed choices about their transitions

  • acquire independent living skills

  • live with or near their families

  • are connected to their local communities

  • are engaged in good-quality education, employment or training

  • have good physical and mental health during and after the transition.

Support model

Outcome-focused transition plans will be developed with the young person and their families. We view co-production of service design as an essential part of delivering high-quality support.

Experienced Key Workers will support young people, both one-to-one and in small groups, helping develop independence and life skills in line with their unique needs and to complement their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

This will include independent travel skills, health and wellbeing, personal safety, employment and training options, cooking and shopping, money management, friendships, social skills and connecting with and being part of their community.

Key Workers will support young people to set goals and regularly monitor their progress. Support can be time-limited or ongoing throughout the transition period.

We will place young people at the centre of decision making and seek to bridge the gaps that can exist between agencies by working in partnership.

Find out about supported living for young people.

Contact us

To discuss our support for young people, please contact Paul Taylor:
Mobile: 07341 478 228

Contact us

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Head Office

Head Office
1 St. Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267829 E:

Central England

Central - Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 0116 236 3793 F: 0345 643 7094 E:
Sheffield office
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield S21 1DY View Map
T: 0114 276 4980 E:

East England

East - Divisional Office
U18, South Fens Business Centre, Fenton Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE16 6TT View Map
T: 01354 696009 F: 08456 437521 E:
Suffolk Office
Office 3, Wharfside House, Prentice Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1RD View Map
T: 01449 774030 E:

North England

North - Divisional Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 E:

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Positive Behaviour Support
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 07341 478228 E:


Scotland - Divisional Office
62 Viewfield Road, Ayr KA8 8HH View Map
T: 01292 436030 E:
Oban Office
First Floor, Glenshellach House, 7e Glengallan Road, Oban, PA34 4HG View Map
T: 01631 571311 F: 01631 566708 / 0872 111 4616 E:
Aberdeen Office
87a Urquhart Road, Aberdeen, AB24 5ND View Map
T: 01224 039264 E:
Isle of Bute Office
18 East Princes Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DL View Map
T: 01700 500376 E:
Irvine office
Suites 2/1 and 2/2, Landek House, 44-46 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP View Map
T: 01294 446600 E:

South England

South - Divisional Office
Suites 53-55, Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PW View Map
T: 01252 311188 F: 01252 311170 E:
Oxford Office
Office 4, Hampden House, Monument Park, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW View Map
T: 01865 893269 E:
Somerset Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E:

South East England

South East - Divisional Office
Suite 2+3, Henwood Pavilion, Henwood, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8DH View Map
T: 01233 665324 E:
East Sussex Office
Units 31-32, Castleham Business Centre East, Stirling Road, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NP View Map
T: 01424 853390 F: 0845 643 7300 E:

Specialist Support

Specialist Support
Head Office, 1 St Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 E: